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NMSU Hotline — March 12, 2015

NMSU professor to provide different perspective on Russia invasion of Ukraine

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In the summer of 2013 New Mexico State University Regents Professor John ?Jack? Wright and his family ventured to Ukraine to learn more about his wife?s ancestry. At the time, the country was in political and social turmoil ? on the brink of being invaded by Russia. Wright will talk about the geographic and historic roots of this invasion and discuss the current war as part of the continuing College of Arts and Sciences? ?Global Connections? lecture series. His talk, ?Ukraine and Russia at War: A Geographic Perspective,? will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium, Room 194.

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Campus Announcements

NMSU to host ?Come Back and Complete? event to help former students

New Mexico State University?s Cross Campus Advising office will host a ?Come Back and Complete? information session from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Educational Services Building Room 7.

The event is designed to help former students learn how they can re-enroll at NMSU and how many credits they need to complete their bachelor?s degrees. Former students also can learn about options for possible financial assistance and information about NMSU programs.

?The second annual ?Come Back and Complete? event is a continued effort to help former NMSU students finish their bachelor?s degrees,? said Marissa Macias, cross-campus adviser. ?Our former students have invested time, money and a lot of hard work into their education. I want to help them re-enroll and get that degree."


PES Graduate/Faculty Seminar to be held March 13

The PES Graduate/Faculty Seminar by Junxin Huang, master?s degree candidate, titled ?Phenology Observation, Pollen Germination Test and Nutrients Dynamic during Fruit Maturation of Jujube (Ziziphus jujube Mill.)? will be held from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Friday, March 13, in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 200. This seminar is open to everyone.

For more information contact lmeyer@ad.nmsu.edu.

NMSU students aim to educate about the dangers of pregnant women drinking alcohol

New Mexico State University Public Health Sciences students along with Eta Sigma Gamma and the La Clinica De Familia Healthy Start Program are working together to host events March 13-19 across Dona Ana County to raise awareness about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

The disorders occur when a woman had consumed alcohol during her pregnancy, and effects of the disorders can include physical complications or cognitive, behavioral and learning difficulties on her baby.

Satya Rao, a professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, said students in her Spring PHLS 499 course have planned and will be implementing an FASD awareness campaign to provide information and educate NMSU students and county residents about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders to prevent and end the disorders.


NMSU to host the 6th Annual Kidd Literacy Conference

One in five Americans do not have the skills to read beyond a fourth grade level, according to the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy. As the Don and Sarrah Kidd Chair in Literacy in New Mexico State University?s College of Education, Anita Hernandez is working to continue to give teachers the opportunity to promote literacy in Southern New Mexico through the Kidd Literacy Conference.

?It gives local educators an opportunity to come together and talk about the work that they are doing. Local NMSU faculty will be speaking as well as two national speakers. Interaction with local faculty, national speakers, researchers and future teachers will leave room for a lot of new ideas and creativity,? Hernandez said.

The conference will take place on Saturday, March 14, at the DACC East Mesa Campus from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information on the event, visit their website at http://ci.education.nmsu.edu/research-outreach/kidd/


Campus invited to ribbon cutting for Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park

The New Mexico State University campus community is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony for Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park at 1:30 p.m. March 16 at the corner of Wells Street and Arrowhead Drive.

The park recognizes the continued generosity of Pat and Lou Sisbarro, as well as their commitment to NMSU and the Las Cruces community. Located east of Aggie Memorial Stadium, the park features a running trail and exercise stations. The university has also planted dozens of trees and made other improvements to make the area more welcoming to the community.

For more information, contact Jolie Tixier at jolie@nmsu.edu

Welcome reception and Q&A for Mongolian delegation to be held March 16 and 17

The College of Education is honored to host a delegation from Mongolian National University of Education, a partnership based upon NMSU?s memorandum of understanding and the extensive work of Candace Kaye, 2010-2011 Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholar. This partnership includes exchange of faculty, staff, students, academic material, research, workshops and symposiums.

The college extend an invitation to two events for an opportunity to learn about the collaboration and research that is developing between our institutions.

A welcome reception will be held form 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., Monday, March 16, in the O?Donnell Hall Atrium. A Q&A student and faculty forum will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, in O?Donnell Hall Room 300.

For more information, call 575-646-7556.

Insurance Open Forum sponsored by Employee Council

Human Resources will present on the topic of insurance. Join Employee Council at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March17, Pete V. Domenici Hall Room 109. They look forward to seeing you and starting a great conversation. This event also will be offered online for employees who are unable to attend in person. The link is available at http://panopto.nmsu.edu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=35d266a4-3dd5-40b1-ad37-8a608ab452e3.

For more information call 575-646-4524.

Class fundraiser at Sweet CeCe's to be held March 18

The MGT375v (Sustainable Development and Global Environment) students have a class project. They will hold a 10-minute, one act, free performance at Sweet CeCe?s Open Mic event at 7 p.m. March 18, at Sweet CeCe's, 901 East University Ave, Suite B. Ten percent of you sweet purchase goes to fund costumes and sets for the full theater production.

The project is creating economic sustainability for Las Cruces homeless veterans in transitional living at Camp Hope and Oak Street start their own business. They are doing this by fund raising events and by crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is a way social entrepreneurs process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by seeking contributions from a large group of people.

The "Veterans? Theater? business is putting on plays in university, public school, and community theaters to paying customers.

CrowdSource Project: GoFundMe.com/mol1wc where you can give $5 or reserve front row seat $25 at full 5 act performance.

For more information, see http://peaceaware.com or contact Professor David M. Boje, Management Department at dboje@nmsu.edu or 575-936-9578.

The InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge (N.M. Region)

SBA is launching a nationwide competition to find the most innovative products and services that help impact and empower women's lives.

Do you have a product or service that could have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families? Does it have the potential for commercialization? Does it fill a need in the marketplace? Then you should take the challenge and submit your completed packet.Submissions are open until March 22.

One regional winner will be selected and have the opportunity to present a live pitch to a panel of judges and complete for up to $30,000 in cash prizes in Washington, D.C., during National Small Business Week, May 4-8.

To see all rules and regulations, go to www.sba.gov.

For more information, email info@etvamerica.com or call 575-439-3660.

Domenici Institute seeks student panelists for 2015 conference

NMSU?s Domenici Institute for Public Policy invites faculty and administrators to nominate students for the opportunity to serve as panelists at the 2015 Domenici Public Policy Conference, Sept. 16-17, at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Of the nominations received from universities across the state, just 20 students will be selected to form the panel and they are the only audience members allowed to question the conference?s array of world-class speakers. As policy matters affect all citizens, students from any discipline are welcome.

Nominations must be made online via the Domenici Conference website (http://domenici.nmsu.edu/domenici-public-policy-conference-2015/student-panelists-program/) where a short nomination form and a full description of the program can be found. In addition to the faculty/administrator nomination, students are encouraged to submit a brief letter of interest outlining why they?d like to participate as a panelist. Nominees who provide this additional insight into their conference goals will be given first consideration. Nominations and student letters must be received by April 30.

Questions regarding the program should be directed to Sara Patricolo, Domenici Institute program manager, at 575-646-2066 or spatrico@nmsu.edu.

100 West Cafe Featuring Cajun and Creole Cuisine this week

100 West Café will feature a variety Cajun and Creole Cuisine. The buffet lunch for Tuesdays and Thursdays is from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for March 12 will be rose shrimp with romaine and remoulade, fried catfish with spicy tartar sauce, chicken sauté with creole sauce, rice, okra and rhubarb cobbler for dessert. All lunches are $10 and patrons will be allowed one return trip through the line.

Ala Carte lunch for Wednesdays and Fridays is from noon to 1 p.m. The menu for March 11 and March 13 will be chicken and sausage gumbo, spinach salad with apple vinaigrette, oven-fried pecan catfish, apricot and bourbon grilled chicken, crawfish pasta with dirty rice and sugar snap peas as your sides, along with your choice of bread pudding with bourbon sauce or sweet potato pie for dessert. Ala Carte lunches are $10.

The food lab is unable to provide to-go lunches. They gladly accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards for your convenience.

For more information, visit http://hrtm.nmsu.edu or call 646-5995.

'Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods Only' training to be held May 13-15

The Food Technology Program at NMSU will offer the ?Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods Only? May 13 to 15. This certification course will be presented in Gerald Thomas Hall Room. 303. This school satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations for acidified foods only. This course is intended for managers and supervisors of food processing operations.

It is designed to provide additional information and focus on critical issues that affect acidified foods production. Instructors have vast experience and knowledge of food regulations, processing and safety. They are recognized processing authorities who educate and assist food entrepreneurs and food companies as part of New Mexico State University's land-grant mission.

For more information on cost, agenda and registration, visit the web site at http://aces.nmsu.edu/ces/foodtech/better-process-control-s.html#anchor_13033 or send an email to glorhern@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2198.